Abbotsford residents have been protesting what they is the mistreatment of farmers by the Indian government since Nov. 30. Organizers indicated the demonstrations will continue for the rest of the month. (Maan Sidhu photo)

Abbotsford residents have been protesting what they is the mistreatment of farmers by the Indian government since Nov. 30. Organizers indicated the demonstrations will continue for the rest of the month. (Maan Sidhu photo)

Abbotsford’s India farmers’ protests continuing for remainder of month

Organizers urge all attendees to follow COVID-19 protocols, MP Ed Fast echoes leaders thoughts

Abbotsford demonstrations to support farmers in India will continue until at least the end of the month.

Organizers shared plans on social media for protests to continue daily from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on South Fraser Way and Clearbrook Road.

The group also urged all those attending to wear masks, practice social distancing and to avoid disturbing business in the area.

Local politicians have mostly remained silent on the matter, despite the requests of many Abbotsford residents looking for words of support.

RELATED: Fraser Valley Bandits VP Dylan Kular speaks out on India, City of Abbotsford silent on issue

Abbotsford native Neetu Dhaliwal told The News that she reached out to Abbotsford MP Ed Fast and was unsatisfied with his response. Fast re-iterated a statement made by Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, who said he supports the UN Declaration of Human Rights and its protection of the right to peacefully protest.

Fast did not specifically say anything related to Abbotsford or the ongoing local protests, which Dhaliwal said is not acceptable for someone with such a long history in the community.

“He of all people knows this community and should know the hard work that the South Asian farming community has provided to help grow the city of Abbotsford,” she said. “I do not feel this is acceptable, since he is a known elected official of our community and I believe he should represent all of his constituents. His failure to speak at this time is a failure to stand up for the minority community in his riding that makes up a significant portion of the farming jobs.”

The News also reached out to Fast for comments on the matter, but his remarks were similar to what he told Dhaliwal.

“I echo Erin O’Toole’s unconditional support for Indian farmers’ right to protest peacefully regarding the issues that are important to them,” he said. “The UN Declaration of Human Rights makes it very clear that peaceful protest is a human right, and it is appropriate for our federal government to speak out in support of those rights wherever they see such rights being violated around the world.”

Demonstrations began locally on Nov. 30 and have continued daily since then.

RELATED: Abbotsford residents gather to protest unfair treatment of India farmers

abbotsfordFarmingIndia

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Construction has begun on the new Eagle Mountain elementary school in Abbotsford. (Screengrab from video by CHP Architects)
Construction begins on new Eagle Mountain elementary school in Abbotsford

School, including childcare spaces, is set to open in September 2022

Bill Hireen joined Remembrance Day celebrations in Abbotsford in 2019. The veteran and long-time civic supporter passed away on Dec. 31, 2020. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Long-time Abbotsford city council supporter dies of COVID-19

Bill Hireen was a frequent visitor to council and police board meetings

Uber Eats has announced that it is now delivering food orders in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. (Submitted photo by Justin Walker)
Uber Eats announces expansion into Abbotsford

Food-delivery company is staring with 60 local restaurants

Nakota Hinksman had been reported missing in Abbotsford, but has since been located.
UPDATE: Missing teen with autism has been located in Abbotsford

Nakota Hinksman, 18, had been missing since 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday

NHL Central Scouting has ranked three Abbotsford hockey talents as likely to be drafted in 2021. (Twitter photo)
Trio of Abbotsford hockey talents placed on NHL watch list

Abbotsford’s Chiasson, Milne and Sward all ranked as C grade prospects for 2021 NHL draft

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber are wanted on Canada-wide warrants. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Convicted killer, robber at large after failing to return to facility: Victoria police

Dean Reber, 60, and Jonathon Muzychka, 43, may be together

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Modelling of predicted transmission growth from the B117 COVID-19 variant in British Columbia. (Simon Fraser University)
COVID-19 variant predicted to cause ‘unmanageable’ case spike in B.C: report

SFU researchers predict a doubling of COVID-19 cases every two weeks if the variant spreads

RCMP officers wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 stand by. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
RCMP appeal for witnesses after hit-and-run leaves girl, 17, in critical condition

The Metro Vancouver teenager was found unconscious and critically injured after being hit: police

Most Read